New York Daily News Starts a Book Blog, Will Publish Old Photos of Truman Capote Naked

In yet another sign that lamentations about the death of the books coverage are only the bookish equivalent of the repressive hypothesis, the New York Daily News has started Page Views, a new blog devoted to books. Deputy op-ed editor Alexander Nazaryan writes, “You may not think of the tabloid as a particularly literary format, but we are going to challenge your assumptions of what constitutes literary/cultural reporting in this town.” Which means tabloid coverage of literature: “We will post old Daily News photographs of Truman Capote, all-but-naked, and Norman Mailer, just sprung from jail,” he writes. “We will praise; we will offend.”

UPDATE: The promised photo of Capote in nothing but a loin cloth has been posted.